A Weekend in Chicago: 8 Things to Do

A Weekend in Chicago: 8 Things to Do

If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Chicago for the weekend, I got you covered.

In this video, I show you the 8 best things to do in Downtown Chicago. This is a great city to visit with your partner, friends or family. There’s so much to experience and so much culture to take in. I fell in love with this city and I can’t wait to head back there soon.
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Jimmy Kimmel to host special ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ series

Jimmy Kimmel to host special ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ series

NEW YORK — In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” Jimmy Kimmel will be stepping into prime time as host of a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for charity.

“Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes,” the ABC late-night host said. Kimmel’s reference was to original host Regis Philbin, who in 2000 put his name on a necktie and shirt collection.

Kimmel’s version will debut April 8 on ABC.

In addition, a new interactive game will allow viewers to play along from home.

For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing on “Millionaire” can invite a guest in the hot seat to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert – anyone they want – to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice.

Additionally, this special run of shows will be introducing a revolutionary, live, play-along app which will allow America to compete to win the same amount of money that celebrities are playing for on the show.

Celebrities confirmed to appear will be announced at a later date.

The original executive producer of “Millionaire,” multiple Emmy Award winner Michael Davies, returns to run the series.

“My professional career has been inextricably linked with Jimmy’s since the days of ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money,’ and he was one of the first-ever celebrity contestants on ‘Millionaire’ in its original run. I can’t wait to work with him on this dynamic new version of the show that changed my life and the fortunes of so many who benefitted from and simply loved the game.”

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” debuted in the U.S. as a prime-time series in January 2000.

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Published at Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:45:38 +0000

Days 1 – 7 | 2020 Challenge

Days 1 – 7 | 2020 Challenge

2020 Challenge Graphic: https://www.blogilates.com/january2020-workout-calendar/

Ready to see your first 7 moves of the #2020Challenge?! I’m doing it a little differently this year – I’ll be releasing one video every week of the challenge that shows ALL your moves for the week. So you can watch just to learn the moves or you can do it with me! And remember that we’ll be doing 20 reps of abs every day + 20 reps of another exercise like booty, arms, etc.

Btw, it’s not too late to text my number (510-692-4556) to get daily reminders from me when it’s time to do the challenge! So far I’m LOVING being able to actually connect with and support you guys. This link also works: https://my.community.com/blogilates

This week’s moves are:

WED: Jan. 1st (starts 1:35) – 20 squats + 20 rope climbs (butt + abs)
THURS: Jan. 2nd (starts 4:07) – 20 cobra push ups + 20 roll ups (arms + abs)
FRI: Jan. 3rd (starts 6:55) – 20 plie squats + 20 V ups (legs + abs)
SAT: Jan. 4th (starts 9:48) – 20 parachuters + 20 jackknives (back + abs)
SUN: Jan. 5th (starts 12:40) – 20 hip twists + 20 star abs (obliques + abs)
MON: Jan. 6th (starts 15:18) – 20 burpees + 20 leg up crunches (cardio + abs)
TUES: Jan. 7th (starts 18:10) – 20 plank walk openers + 20 double leg lifts (total body + abs)

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Cassey Ho is an award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur and online personality. As the creator behind Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube, she’s transformed millions of lives through helping them achieve their strength and weight-loss goals. She focuses on making fitness fun and the results are evident. Cassey’s unique format, POP Pilates©, which launched as a workout video on YouTube in 2009, has become a live fitness class that can be taken at gyms all over the world with over 3,000 POP Pilates classes being taught monthly. Her authenticity continues to shine through, making her one of the most relatable fitness icons online and beyond. She’s also the author of the best-selling book, Hot Body Year Round and is the designer of her own activewear line, POPFLEX.

With a wide range of free workout videos available, Cassey’s channel focuses on ab exercises, butt & thigh exercises, arm exercises, pilates, cardio routines, fat burning workouts, high intensity interval training workouts (HIIT), stretching and flexibility routines and so much more!

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Chicago police warn of Near North Side robberies

Chicago police warn of Near North Side robberies

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police have issued an alert warning of recent robberies on the Near North Side.

In the incidents, the two to three male robbers approached and attacked the victims and robbed them by force, taking the victims’ property before fleeing.

Witnesses told police the suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a white-colored SUV.

The robberies occurred in the:
900-block of North Dewitt Place in the late evening of December 24,
200-block of East Pearson Street in the late evening hours of December 30
800-block of North Dewitt Place in the morning hours of January 2
900-block of North Dewitt Place in the evening of January 3.

In addition to these robberies, three women were robbed in the 200-block of East Chestnut Monday at about 9:05 p.m.

The women were on the sidewalk when police said they were approached by three male suspects who struck one of the women in the face and took property from her before fleeing.

The woman refused medical attention at the scene and no one is in custody.

Area Central detectives are investigating and it is not known if the robbery on Chestnut Street is connected to the other robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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Published at Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:03:11 +0000

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Lake Villa District 41 streamlines its loan pitch to voters

Lake Villa District 41 streamlines its loan pitch to voters

Voters in Lake Villa Elementary District 41 again will be asked for authorization to fund school projects, but the new pitch has been revised and greatly reduced.

Instead of two ballot questions to raise about $50 million for improvements at the district’s five buildings, voters in the March primary will see one request to authorize borrowing $30.7 million for work at four schools.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Voters soundly rejected both requests last April, prompting school officials to reboot. Since that defeat, nearly two dozen public meetings have been held to solicit input, discuss building and maintenance needs and revise the request.

Last time, one ballot question asked if the school board should borrow $34.2 million to boost security, renovate classrooms and tackle other projects. The other asked if the board should extend its debt service base to raise an additional $790,000 annually for maintenance costs.

“It was a confusing ballot question,” board Vice President Kurt Hansen said last month during one of the public discussions.

The scope of the proposal, which included 21st-century learning initiatives and extensive building work, was too much for voters, he said.

“Not too surprisingly, the community spoke loud and clear,” Hansen added. “They thought it was expensive.”

While there was a community support group for the requests, the measures also faced stiff organized opposition from a group called District 41. Safer. Better. More Sustainable.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

That group agreed there were needs to be met at the aging schools but objected to the cost and extent of the plan, notably $4.4 million in proposed work at Joseph J. Pleviak Elementary School, which the district owns but doesn’t use.

That was the first item removed from consideration for the revised referendum question. Also, extensive cafeteria renovations were scaled back and the bond debt question removed.

“We went school by school and project by project,” Hansen said Thursday.

Last time, the school board was divided. The votes to put the two questions on the ballot were 5-2, although only one board member opposed both.

“We really spent a lot of time to get consensus not only from the board, but from our more outspoken critics,” Hansen said. The effort has been successful.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

On Dec. 16, the board voted 7-0 to place the revised question on the ballot. Opposition also has mellowed.

“It appears the board heard much of what we asked for,” said Dick Barr, a Lake County Board member and an initial opponent.

“We believe that strong schools are very important to the community,” he added. “We will likely not oppose their referendum request this time around, as it accounts for most of what we asked for in 2019 and provides a better deal for the students and taxpayers of the district.”

One constant is the district’s outstanding debt will drop as money borrowed in 1997 and 2000 is paid off.

If no projects were proposed or money borrowed, tax bill for the owner of a $250,000 house would decrease by $773 annually. The decrease would be $368 per year if the referendum request passes and the money for projects is borrowed for 15 years.

District 41 serves about 2,600 Pre-K through eighth-grade students in Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Ingleside, West Miltmore and Venetian Village.

Published at Fri, 03 Jan 2020 04:38:23 +0000

Chicago's Extinct Businesses Part 2

Chicago's Extinct Businesses Part 2

Second part of my video tributes of Chicagoland businesses that are no longer around. You can my find my website at http://chicagosextinctbusinesses.com, https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoExtinctBusinesses and at https://twitter.com/petekastanes

The Number One Mistake Sellers Make: Chicagoland Real Estate Agent

The Number One Mistake Sellers Make: Chicagoland Real Estate Agent

Michael LaFido is a top-producing Realtor and real estate consultant with over seventeen years of experience in the real estate industry. Michael’ marketing has been the featured cover story in Crain’s Chicago Business and highlighted at Noon on FOX News Chicago Business Hour. He is also the author of the books “Luxury Listing Specialist” and “Marketing Luxury”.
Throughout his career, Michael learned the importance of high-caliber marketing versus “traditional marketing”, which has become pivotal to his success. Over the past seventeen years, LaFido and his team have developed a method that takes a more comprehensive, and proactive approach when marketing a home.
Many agents within the industry are calling Michael’s methods “The New Standard” for marketing luxury homes today.

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13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person

13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person

CHICAGO — Multiple people were shot early Sunday at a house on Chicago’s South Side, police said.

Details about the number of victims and the extent of injuries were not immediately available. Chicago police were to hold a press conference ‘œregarding the multiple shooting victims’� at 6 a.m. local time, tweeted Tom Ahern, the department’s deputy director for news affairs and communications.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Police said the shooting took place on 57th and May Streets. That location corresponds to a residential block near a park in Englewood.

A 57-year-old resident of the neighborhood told the Chicago Tribune that he was woken up by at least five gunshots.

Published at Mon, 23 Dec 2019 02:23:00 +0000

Federal Study Finds Face-Scanning Tech Stumped by Race, Gender

Federal Study Finds Face-Scanning Tech Stumped by Race, Gender

A study by a U.S. agency has found that facial recognition technology often performs unevenly based on a person’s race, gender or age.

But the nuanced report published Thursday is unlikely to allay the concerns of critics who worry about bias in face-scanning applications that are increasingly being adopted by law enforcement, airports and a variety of businesses.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been studying facial recognition for nearly two decades, but this is the first time it has investigated demographic differences in how face-scanning algorithms are able to identify people.

The study was prompted in part by growing concern among lawmakers and privacy advocates that biased results in commercial face recognition software could entrench racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and elsewhere.

The report cautions against “incomplete” previous research alleging biased facial recognition that has alarmed the public, but also confirms similar trends showing higher error rates for women, the youngest and oldest people, and for certain racial groups depending on which image database or software is being used.

“There is a wide range of performance and there’s certainly work to be done,” said Craig Watson, manager of NIST’s research group that studies biometric technology. “The main message is don’t try to generalize the results across all the technology. Know your use case, the algorithm that’s being used.”

NIST, which is a part of the Commerce Department, tested the algorithms of 99 mostly commercial software providers that voluntarily submitted their technology for review. It ran those algorithms on millions of FBI mugshots, visa application photos and other government-held portrait images such as those taken at border crossings.

Microsoft was among the major tech companies that participated in the research, along with dozens of lesser-known video surveillance providers and numerous China-based companies such as SenseTime, Hikvision and Tencent. Amazon, which markets face-scanning software to U.S. police agencies, did not participate.

Watson said that’s because Amazon’s cloud-based software doesn’t work with NIST’s testing procedures, though the agency is in talks with the company about how to test its algorithms in the future.

The agency’s report credits two widely-cited studies of facial recognition bias by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers for serving as a “cautionary tale” about uneven results across race and gender boundaries, though it also suggests they sowed public confusion in the way they sought to measure performance.

Joy Buolamwini, who led those studies and has urged a halt to the technology’s proliferation, said in an email Thursday that NIST’s study is “a sobering reminder that facial recognition technology has consequential technical limitations.”

“While some biometric researchers and vendors have attempted to claim algorithmic bias is not an issue or has been overcome, this study provides a comprehensive rebuttal,” she wrote.

She was echoed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which in a statement Thursday said that government agencies like the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection should take heed of the report and halt their deployment of face-scanning software.

“Even government scientists are now confirming that this surveillance technology is flawed and biased,” said ACLU policy analyst Jay Stanley.

Published at Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:21:34 +0000